A new study that’s mostly been reported by conservative-leaning newspapers and blogs says that lesbians tend to be obese and gay men tend to be toned.
But the reason these websites and newspapers are reporting it is because they’re accusing the federal government of wasting money — $3 million so far — studying gay and and lesbian health issues.
The conservative Washington Times reports that dollar amount in its lead sentence.
Right-wing website The Blaze writes, “What have taxpayers gotten for their money? A handful of research papers delivering some small insights into homosexual health.”
That’s because heterosexual health matters. Gay and lesbian health doesn’t.
The conclusion of the study is that lesbians don’t tend to self-perceive as being overweight, while gay men have a greater desire for toned muscles than straight men, but straight men are more likely to go to a gym.
The report also says gay men and lesbians are less likely to be on athletic teams.
OK, so here’s where this report — or at least the right-wing media interpretations of this report — are full of crap.
Lesbians are less likely to be on sports teams than straight women? Please. Go to a local softball league game or a WNBA game. When the WNBA first began playing, announcers were falling all over themselves to report when a player’s husband was in the audience, because they were so few and far between. Lesbians are well represented on sports teams. I’m wondering how many accurately self-reported, because of the blatant discrimination in sports.
On the other hand, lesbians don’t starve themselves to get into a size 0 dress to please their overweight pig of a husband who will dump her when she turns 40 for a young bimbo. Put another way, women are less likely to criticize other women because of their weight than straight men are. What lesbians perceive as good looking is different than what straight men perceive as good looking. Anorexic isn’t a lesbian ideal. Of course, overweight can be unhealthy and finding a healthy weight is something lesbians — really everyone — should do with their doctors.
Gay men are less likely to go to a gym? But we have more toned bodies? Yes, we’re less likely to play on a professional athletic team — maybe because when one gay man is finally drafted into the NFL, all ESPN can think to report on is his showering habits. But the toned bodies don’t come from nowhere. We go to the gym. We exercise on our own. We play team sports. Or maybe the gay gene just makes us better looking with better bodies and that’s pissing off the dumpy straight conservative media writers.